FORT YATES, N.D. – Sitting Bull College Entrepreneurial Center is hosting an Entrepreneurship Summer Camp for youth, aged 9 – 13, and teachers from July 13 – 17. The week-long day camp is an educational outreach effort by UND’s Center for Innovation, NDSU Extension Service’s Center for Community Vitality and entrepreneurship centers across North Dakota. Program Director Barry Striegel and his team of student facilitators will bring entrepreneurship to life for their eager participants.
“The Mini-Society Entrepreneur Summer Camp is not a simulation or a game, it’s real,” Striegel said. “Campers establish their own town, elect their own leaders, create their own money system and open their own businesses. When kids and young adults get a chance to ‘BYOB’ – Be Your Own Boss – amazing things happen.”
Now in its fourth season, the program will run camps in Grand Forks, Parshall, New Town, Dickinson, Belcourt, Fort Yates and Williston.
“The primary aim of this project is to expand opportunities for North Dakota’s youth to experience real entrepreneurship,” Striegel said. “We want our youth to learn the skills and attitudes associated with academic, economic and social success – opportunity recognition, intelligent risk-taking, resilience, creativity and collaboration.”
A teacher whose students participated in the program said, “Mini-Society is an innovative way for children to take classroom concepts and apply them to everyday life. Their cooperation in making business and community decisions aids them in understanding our economy and how our local and national governments work.” Teachers may sign up for two graduate credits in entrepreneurship education.
For registration information for teacher graduate credit, or for youth registration visit the program’s Web site or contact Sue Isbell at the Sioux County 4-H office at (701) 854-3412. Youth registration can also be done at Sitting Bull College Entrepreneurial Center at (701) 854-8125.